NAISMA Webinars are the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 2pm Eastern / 1pm Central / 12pm Mountain / 11am Pacific. All webinars are open to the public.
January 16th at 1:00 pm CST:
NAISMA's Weed Free Forage & Gravel Certification: A Cooperative, Pathway-Specific, Multi-Jurisdictional Program for Invasive Species Prevention.
Presented by Belle Bergner, NAISMA Executive Director.Have you always wondered how this program works and how you can get certified? Don't miss this opportunity to find out.
February 20th at 1:00 pm CST:
The ABCs of Invasive Species Organizations.
Presented by Chuck Bargeron, Associate Director for Invasive Species and Information Technology, University of Georgia
Sometimes invasive species organizations can be as invasive as the organizations that they are trying to protect us from and educate us about. This presentation will give an overview of the major national organizations and what their individual focus is. It will highlight their scope, membership and the taxa that they concentration on.
March 20th at 1:00 pm CST:
Boot Brush Stations: Are they an Effective Tool for Preventing Invasive Species and Raising Awareness?
Presented by Chris Evans, Extension Forester, University of Illinois
Boot brushes stations are a popular tool used to raise awareness about invasive species and reduce the spread and establishment of new infestations. This webinar will discuss the boot brush stations, review a cooperative program in southern Illinois that installed boot brushes throughout the region, and highlight research that investigated if these stations were actually effective at removing seeds.
April 17th at 1:00 pm CST:
Catching the "Unicorn:" Using Public, Private and Non-Profit Partnerships to Help Tackle AIS.
Presented by Ed Rudberg, Ph. D., CEO CD3, General Benefit Corporation
Due to the high cost of high pressure, heated water decontamination, reducing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) often relies upon the adoption of best management practices at the individual level. However, until CD3’s 2017-2018 Waterless Cleaning Station Pilot, tools to implement best management practices were unavailable to boaters. The process for developing these tools was an example of how we caught a “unicorn,” via the elusive private, public and non-profit partnership. This presentation will outline the results of the pilot including usage rates, lessons learned, adoption rate, increases in compliance, and outline the future direction of the project.
May 15th at 1:00 pm CST:
Bridging the Gap between Invasive Species Research and Management
Presented by Carrie Brown-Lima, Director, NY Invasive Species Research Institute
The body of scientific literature surrounding invasive species and their impacts and management has increased substantially in recent decades. However, despite expanding knowledge and technological advances in the research sphere, a disconnect persists between research and management that can hinder the understanding and application of new solutions to on-the-ground invasive species challenges. In an effort to bridge this gap, New York State has established the New York Invasive Species Research Institute (NYISRI), which serves to communicate and coordinate invasive species research to help prevent and manage the impact of invasive species in New York State. Through interactions with researchers and managers working with invasive species, NYISRI has identified strategic areas and developed initiatives to promote communication and research that addresses research-management gaps. This presentation will examine ways to promote the co-creation of knowledge to improve the scientific basis of invasive species management and policy development as well as will provide an overview of some of NYISRI’s initiatives and the work of the New York State invasive species network.
June 19th at 1:00 pm CST:
How to build a boot brush station
Presented by: Julie Kraft, Weed Supervisor, Sublette County, Wyoming
Boot brushes stations are a popular tool used to raise awareness about invasive species and reduce the spread and establishment of new infestations. We will discuss and demonstrate the building and installation of a boot brush station. This webinar will also review how we gather materials, select sites for installation and work with our partner.
July 17th at 1:00 pm CST:
How to achieve communications goals for reducing the spread of invasive species
Presented by: Jackie Lalley, Owner, YodelPop Marketing
Learn how to use the PlayCleanGo campaign to set, measure, and achieve communication goals for reducing the spread of invasive species for your own community and beyond.
When you're working to address invasive species, it can be hard to know that you're making a difference. Whether you oversee communications and marketing as an agency leader or are "on the ground" creating materials and messages, this session will give you ways to measure the impact of your work by setting communications goals, gauging your progress toward those goals, and being part of a larger effort that reaches millions of people with the same message.
August 21st at 1:00 pm CST
Stopping Invasive Species with Behavior Psychology
Presented by: Ken Donnelly, Owner, Beyond Attitude Consulting
Many invasive species pathways include human behavior, like boating, hiking, and camping. Changing people’s behavior can be challenging, as anyone who has ever made a New Year’s resolution knows very well. Just because people think something should be done, doesn’t mean it will get done. Fortunately, the application of behavioral psychology greatly improves traditional communications programs in getting people to adopt the behaviors that interrupt pathways. People attending the webinar will learn how to apply behavioral psychology to nurture the behaviors that stop the spread of invasive species.
September 18th at 1:00 pm CST:
Don’t Move Firewood Outreach and Regulation Updates
Presented by: Leigh Greenwood, Forest Health Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
The Don’t Move Firewood outreach and education campaign is moving into its 12th year- and like a fine wine, we’re hoping to improve over time! Join this webinar to learn about the results of the extensive partner feedback survey conducted in the Spring of 2019 and how the campaign is using that feedback to adapt to both our partners’ needs, and changing conditions in forest pests and regulatory environments over the last decade. This webinar will also talk about how partners can participate in Firewood Month- a monthlong October event with different firewood related target demographics highlighted in each week of October!
October 16th at 1:00 pm CST:
Invasive Species in North America
Presented by: David Coyle, Assistant Professor, Forest Health and Invasive Species Extension, Clemson University
This webinar will give an update on some of the most impactful invasive species in North America, including insects, fungi, and plants. We will discuss current pest distribution – including how the pest has moved post-arrival in North America - and proven and potential management strategies. We will also use the southeastern U.S. as a case study for why this continent has so many invasive species.
November 20th at 1:00 pm CST:
How the National Park Service Integrates Partnerships, Prevention, and Management of Invasive Species
Presented by: Terri Hogan, Invasive Plant Program Manager, National Park Service
Within the realm of invasive species management, partnerships and collaboration are increasingly essential for success. Collaboration occurs at all levels within the National Park Service (NPS); it takes many forms, involves a range of partners including other agencies, states, tribes, and cooperative weed management areas and must reach beyond our boundaries to address the issues that invasive species pose to our public lands. This webinar will showcase examples of successful invasive plant management that are achieved through partnership efforts including, prevention and restoration within the NPS.
Other Webinar Series
NAIPSC Webinar Series. Great free webinar series (just need to complete free registration to access)
Invasive Species Council of British Columbia. Free webinar series on variety of invasive species topics.
Other Webinars Organized by Topic
Aquatic Invasive Species
Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention (AISP) Webinar Series. Free webinar series centered on Minnesota’s Aquatic Invasive Species, with potential relevance for other states.
Data Management & Mapping
Conservation Biology Institute. Free information on using Data Basin and other tools.
Missouri River Watershed Coalition. Free webinar on using EDDMapS.
ESRI. Free live training seminars on various ESRI products.
Legislation & Permitting
NPDES Permitting. Free educational webinars covering different aspects of the NPDES permitting process.
Teaching Invasive Species to Kids
Green Teacher’s Invasive Species Webinar Series. This site requires paid subscription to view past and upcoming webinars.
Weed Management & Restoration
Tamarisk Coalition Conference Series & Webinars. Variety of free educational presentations and webinars on funding and other topics related to weed management and restoration.
Invasive Plant Management Technical Webinars. Free webinar recording covering restoration and weed management topics.
Webinar Portal for Conservation of Natural Resources (Search Under Category: Conservation/Invasive Species & Pests)
NISAW Invasive Species Webinars. Several invasive species related free webinars.
Center for Invasive Species Management. Variety of free online courses, intermixed with other material.